Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Elizabeth Dean Hermann

Second Advisor

Courtney Goode

Third Advisor

Nick De Pace


Water and humans have a primordial connection which is more than fundamental survival requirement. Throughout human history, water has been a spiritual archetype by which people perceive and imagine the world. As a reflection of this, water is broadly featured in human material culture and plays a primary role in all religions and cultures.

Well-composed water features are capable for human’s spiritual and physical happiness and wellness. However, water that can benefit human well-being is absent from the vulnerable communities and populations that need it most, which is further exacerbated by the global water crisis.

This thesis proposes the reintroduction of water to urban public space in a more equitable, smart and poetic way to stimulate the imagination and nourish the hearts, minds and souls of all city dwellers.

Based on the research, the author uses South Providence as a research site to define and embody the opportunities of water spiritual qualities in the existing water system of a vulnerable neighborhood. On a more general level, this thesis discusses how, as designers, one can respond to the unspecified spiritual needs of humans on a concrete, practical level.



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